EPA Chief: ‘Hicks in flyover country too stupid that we were doing them a favor killing their jobs

Well, the title is not exactly correct, but we bible thumping, gun clingers get it.

mccarthy2Obama’s EPA Chief Says Biggest Regret Is Not Connecting With Rural Voters

Actually we probably owe the EPA our Trump win in good measure to her. Giving us the rural coal miner vote in Ohio and Pennsylvania probably tipped the vote Red. But their arrogance lingers leaving that bad taste.

As Zip says over at Weasel Zippers

“The hicks in flyover country were too stupid to understand that we were doing them a favor by killing their jobs”.

Not being able to sell rural voters on the importance of switching from fossil fuels to solar and wind power is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy’s biggest regret, she said Friday.

“We tried to change the outreach and messaging in rural America in a number of ways, but … has it changed the rhetoric that people hear? It hasn’t,” McCarthy said in an interview at EPA headquarters. “We couldn’t get it, but I wish we had.”

President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to lead the agency in 2013. Her tenure has been riddled with controversies and marred by heavy-handed regulatory maneuvers.

She implement controversial environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — which are viewed as job-killers in coal country — and told reporters earlier this year that she gave up talking to “climate deniers.”

“I don’t check out flat Earth society and I’m not talking to climate deniers,” she said in October. “That’s it. Sorry, I know I’m supposed to be for everybody, but my patience has worn thin over eight years.”

Republican lawmakers even demanded she resign after the EPA-caused Gold King Mine spill in 2015, a disaster that dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxic mine wastewater ran into a Colorado river, contaminating the drinking water for thousands of people.

McCarthy’s hard-nosed regulatory scheme eventually paved the way for then-presidential nominee Donald Trump to successfully campaign in coal states like Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Trump campaigned throughout the election season on resuscitating the beleaguered coal industry.

More at Daily Caller

Solar farm ‘cooks’ 130 birds in 2 hour test

Strange isn’t it. No outrage from the Progressives. We have been hearing about the wind farms and their killing of countless birds including endangered species including eagles. Apparently the light generated attracts insects which attracts the birds. EPA, calling the EPA!

Progressives Today

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project array is nearly ready to go partially online in Nevada. The $737 Million publicly Department Of Energy funded project is intended to produce 110 MW of energy. There’s just one problem.

130 birds were literally set on fire in mid flight during a recent test run in the span of 2 hours. This is because the array redirects solar energy to a point 1200 feet above ground, right in the flightpath of birds.  

Nature World News reports:

“About two hours into the test, engineers and biologists on site started noticing “streamers” – trails of smoke and steam caused by birds flying directly into the field of solar radiation. What moisture was on them instantly vaporized, and some instantly burst into flames – at least, until they began to frantically flap away. An estimated 130 birds were injured or killed during the test.”

 

“According to The Associated Press (AP), many biologists call the number of deaths “significant” and suspect that the streamers are caused by a chain of attraction – that is, insects are drawn towards the bright plant’s light, which in turn attracts birds looking to feast on crispy bugs.”

Progressives Today

UPDATE: from a comment:

This project also sucks over 30 million gallons of water per year from the desert (required for constant cleaning of the heliostats).

The solar panels to be used in Luning also require constant cleaning. Does the dust blow in the Soda Spring valley? Where will the water come from? How much will be required? In our fourth year of drought, these questions must not be ignored.

http://mcindependentnews.com/2015/02/letters-editor-12/

Vote Tally Count Keystone XL Pipeline passes UPDATE FAILS

Update: Here is the Senate vote. House vote at bottom of post

Nov 18 280 (59-41) Rejected On Passage of the Bill S. 2280

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session

Click on “blue” icons below for individual votes

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (S.2280 )
Vote Number: 280 Vote Date: November 18, 2014, 05:55 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Bill Defeated
Measure Number: S. 2280
Measure Title: A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Vote Counts: YEAs 59
NAYs 41
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Update: Below is the House vote. 

Click on Blue Ayes  and Noes  for Individual votes below.

UPDATE:Below is the Gov Track link which breaks down votes by State and Name and much easier to view.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5682.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h519

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 519(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 5682      RECORDED VOTE      14-Nov-2014      12:52 PM
QUESTION:  On Passage
BILL TITLE: To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

AYES NOES PRES NV
REPUBLICAN 221 1 11
DEMOCRATIC 31 161 9
INDEPENDENT
TOTALS 252 161 1 20

President Obama MOCKS Republicans For Having No Jobs Plan. Laughs At Keystone Pipeline 7/29/13

Obama decrees another grab – Closes vast Pacific area to fishing

While we are looking the other way, Obama gets out that Pen and Phone. He loves the “Monument Act” which makes King George the III seem like a piker. Obama turns his gaze Westward this time. Let’s hit the fishing industry. Let’s close down vast amounts of territory making it off-limits to fishing. Better yet, this will help out China. All in the name of Climate Change. Just another stop along the way. Recall Obama eyes Western land for National Monuments back in 2010?

The latest ocean grab Via Fox News:

The decree that President Obama signed on Thursday boosted the size of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a 77,000-square-mile preserve south and west of Hawaii, to some 490,000 square miles of protected area around a speckling of U.S.-controlled islands—an area that Secretary of State John Kerry, who hailed the move, declared to be “twice the size of Texas.

Weeks after the White House was warned that a plan to vastly expand a maritime preserve and no-fishing zone in U.S.-controlled Pacific waters would harm the American fishing industry and geopolitically advantage China, the Obama administration has gone ahead anyway—with some concessions to make the environmental medicine, administered by presidential fiat, go down more smoothly.

The concessions did nothing, however, to assuage congressional Republicans led by Rep.Doc Hastings of Washington state, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who accused the administration of taking “secret, unilateral action” to expand the preserve. He warned that “the economic consequences of this decision will be grave, further eroding the U.S. seafood industry and harming the well-being of the U.S. territories.” Keep reading…

 Fox News back in 2010. Obama has completed many of his objectives, and has already decreed millions of acres as a preserve except for wind farms and solar panels.

More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America’s newest National Monuments — a decision the administration can make unilaterally without local input or congressional approval.

According to internal Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained exclusively by Fox News, the mostly public lands include Arizona deserts, California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado — totaling more than 13 million acres.

For a list of monuments  he has in mind go to the link here at Fox News    

Obama’s High-Speed Rail Debacle

We hear a great deal about the solar energy debacle and waste of our dollars. One of the little reported stories has been the even more wasteful allocations regarding the high-speed rail lines. I caught this, and if  we are upset about the waste with the Solyndras, this is even more disturbing. It doesn’t hurt that Senator Patty Murray chairs the Senate panel that funds Transportation.

From Whitehouse Dossier :

I thought you might want to see this report by America’s original cable news outlet on the $12 billion has been spent by Obama on his high-speed rail pipe dream.

You guessed it. Not a single piece of track for high-speed rail has been laid down yet. Some trains have been made a little bit faster.

As this report notes, $800 million of federal money was sent to Washington State to reduce the train ride between Seattle and Portland by ten minutes.

I don’t think you have to be a Jeffersonian advocate of states rights to wonder WHY IN THE WORLD THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES IS PAYING TO MAKE TRAINS A LITTLE FASTER IN WASHINGTON STATE.

On CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Drew Griffin profiles the unmet promises of the Obama stimulus high-speed rail spending.

Energy nominee Moniz ‘We need carbon tax to triple the cost’

How is this for another wacko nominee? Every new appointee more radical than the last. Ernest Moniz. A name we would rather forget. Let’s see what the Senate does with this one.

Moniz position is not far from that of Energy Secretary Steven Chu before he took a job in the Obama administration. “We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Chu said in 2008. Last year, gas hit $9 a gallon in Greece. Great, $12.00 a gallon sounds like a real economy booster.

Obama’s Energy Secretary Nominee Called For Doubling Or Tripling Energy Costs With Carbon Tax To Push U.S. Towards Green Energy…

Via Beltway Confidential:

President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.

“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniz told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”

Keep reading…

Obama’s EPA Nominee Not ‘To Sit Around and Wait for Congressional Action’

If we thought that Lisa Jackson was bad, we have another one that is sure one crackerjack of a nut case. Let’s hope before she is confirmed we get all of the Jackson alias “Richard Windsor” faux e-mails she wrote. Check out the video, and slide over for the short version:  Here at News Alert.

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

McCarthy, who currently heads the EPA’s air and radiation office, has vowed “not to sit around and wait for congressional action” when issuing environmental regulations.

On May 1, 2010, in the keynote address for the Green Education Celebration at University of Massachusetts in Boston, McCarthy said she did not go to Washington to wait for congressional action and she said she did not intend to do so in the future.

“I love listening to Sen. Kerry. I love listening to Congressman Markey, because they talk funny and they talk real,” said McCarthy. “They tell it like it is and they make things happen. I am so proud that we have them in office so they can push us to face reality that one needs to face and to move forward with legislation that is absolutely essential.

“But I will tell you that I didn’t go to Washington to sit around and wait for Congressional action. Never done that before, and don’t plan to in the future,” said McCarthy.

“EPA’s Administrator Lisa Jackson didn’t sit around so that she could look at the law and decide it was inconvenient to follow it. Or listen to the science and say, ‘You know, that might get me into trouble, so I ain’t going where the science tells me,'” said McCarthy. “What she actually said when she got there is that I’m going to listen to the law and I’m going where science is driving us, and that is why the EPA put forward just last December what we call the endangerment finding.”

McCarthy suggested that the volume of lawsuits against the move is a sign that the EPA is on the right track. And, she said the EPA has a legal mandate to regulate – and it’ll do so with, or without, Congress:

“Now, it doesn’t sound that exciting. But I will tell you that 320,000 people felt the need to comment at the time, and since we passed it, 15 entities have decided they want to sue us about it, so it must be pretty cool. It actually is a statement the administrator made that said, ‘You know, carbon dioxide and all these greenhouse gasses actually do pose a danger to public health and welfare under the Clean Air Act,’ and lo and behold, we’re required under law to regulate it. That is, indeed, what we are going to do whether Congress moves forward or -and- whether it doesn’t.”

Continue at and a H/T:CNS  Shorter version link of video: Here at News Alert.

 

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